"Green Chemistry in Colorful Colorado"

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program NSF CHE-1156932

Application for the UCCS "Green Chemistry in Colorful Colorado" REU program is open until March 1, 2015.

REU imageThis NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program promotes research projects in green chemistry. The program will begin on May 26 and end on July 31, 2015, and will support eight students. Projects for 2015 include:

  • the synthesis of polyfunctional ligands for environmental remediation using click chemistry
  • investigation of ruthenium molecules as water splitting photocatalysts
  • thermodynamic and computational investigation of ligand-enzyme binding energies
  • preparation of carbon nanotubes

Students participate in a number of professional development activities including an ethics workshop, gain presentation skills, and attend a seminar on greener fireworks complete with demonstration.

The REU is located in beautiful Colorado Springs, on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Hiking through the spacious Colorado Rockies on scenic hiking trails may be an appealing way for participants to spend their free time. The program will recruit regionally, with a particular focus on recruitment of students from institutions with limited or no research opportunities available, and students from underrepresented groups, especially those in tribal colleges in Colorado and regionally.

REU imageWe hope participation in the program will encourage students to complete their undergraduate education and continue on to graduate school. A major goal is to increase awareness of sustainability and Green Chemistry to the next generation of scientists to enhance our global competitiveness. We aim to create a life-long support community for REU students composed of the other REU students and faculty mentors, to help these students achieve their educational and career goals.

Student support for the 10-week UCCS REU Program consists of a $4500 stipend, free room in UCCS student housing and a round-trip travel allowance of $400. The Green Chemistry in Colorful Colorado REU site is located at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.